We Tilled Our First Garden (and almost wiped out our neighbor’s fence in the process)

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Last year, when I was wedding planning, I experienced the strangest nightmares.

On some nights, I would dream that my wedding dress was bright blue, and I would sob into the blueberry-colored tulle. On other nights, the wedding would have started already and my Mom and I would be making trip after trip to hurriedly get our to-do list done while the guests chatted away nervously.

I am glad to report that once the the big event was over I had no more wedding nightmares.

However, now I have nightmares about plants and pregnancy (no, I am not pregnant, but yes I do have baby fever).

Last night, I dreamed that I jumped out of bed to go check on our newly-planted garden: I grabbed my jacket, hurried down our balcony stairs, and crossed the expanse that is our backyard. Then I saw our prized little plants. Everyone looked perky and bright, but something was wrong–every plant was black as charcoal. I reached out to touch a tomato plant and it crumbled into a pile of dust that got carried away by the wind.
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2 Year Blogiversary and Changes to Expect at Dandelion Pie

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Two years ago I typed out my first post on Dandelion Pie.

Originally, I had planned on naming my blog Dandelion Champagne, because I loved the idea of taking something that many saw as worthless (dandelions = weeds) and transforming it into a bubbly, sparkly treat. I had never really imbibed champagne, but I was (and still am) romantic enough to love the symbolism regardless. However, the name I had hoped for was not available, and my family suggested I name my new blog Dandelion Pie. Which, in the end, is quite a bit more in line with the values I hold as a person (pie over champagne any day!). So Dandelion Pie was born.

I had wanted a blog for some time, and my brother set it up for me days before I had to leave for my summer job. I jumped in the car with my then-boyfriend and drove from Nebraska to Wyoming where we would spend the summer. I was living with my aunt and uncle and he lived next door. I spent the summer working as both an Electrician’s Apprentice and then ran a booth at the local farmer’s market while he worked as a lumberjack. I wrote many a blog post in those Wyoming mountains. That summer proved to be even more eventful than I would have imagined, because I returned to Nebraska engaged.

A lot has happened in my life since I began this blog two years ago. I have gotten engaged, started working as a Chiropractor’s assistant, got married, gone on my honeymoon, graduated from college, and struggled with baby fever. DP has grown up alongside me as I transitioned from single college girl to married young adult.

Dandelion Pie is getting a Makeover!

In the weeks to come, DP is going to be changing dramatically as I work with Sabra over at Midnight Photography and Design to create a new design. I have been dreaming about hiring a graphic designer to work with me for awhile, and I am so excited to reveal DP’s makeover in a few weeks!

I will also be transitioning to posting three times a week, and welcoming a few of my favorite bloggers to guest post on DP (If you are interested in writing a post for DP be sure to let me know via my contact form!).

Thank YOU for reading DP these past two years, and for all your sweet comments and shares. I read every comment you leave me, and I am so grateful for you!!

As a thank you, I am giving away gift cards to one lucky reader, because every birthday should include ice cream and coffee with friends, don’t you agree?

Is there a topic you would like me to cover on DP in the next few months? Budgeting? Gardening? Newlywed life? Let me know!

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Why We Keep Failing at Budgeting (and what I’m doing differently this month)

Why We Kept Failing at Budgeting #budget #money #blog #blogger #lifestyleblogger #moneyblog #moneyblogger

I used to be good at saving money.

In high school, I worked jobs simply because I enjoyed getting to know people, and I socked away every penny I earned. My parents provided for me, I wasn’t really into any hobbies that required much money, and so I just saved incessantly. I was good at saving. I was awesome with money! I even graduated from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University with my parents. I had this money thing down! As a college sophomore, I felt pretty happy because I had a cool $17,000 in my bank account.

In Which I Learned I was not so good with money after all…

Then I entered the adult world. I began paying for my college. I took a trip to Maui to meet my Read more

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos #recipe #taco #slowcooker #crockpot #easy #chickentaco #chickenthigh #budgetfriendly #budgetmeal

For the first six months of our marriage I bought many, many bags of chicken breast.

I would buy a big bag from the grocery store, use it up within a week, and go back for more. I eyed the chicken thighs that were so much cheaper but I did not know how to deal with them. So I stuck to the simple, boneless chicken breast. No mess. No fuss.

I was missing out.

Chicken thighs are incredibly inexpensive here. I frequently pick them up for 99 cents a pound at Read more

7 Reasons I Can’t Wait to See Moana

7 Reasons I Can't Wait to See Moana #disney #moana #ultrablog #blogger #lifestyleblog #polynesian #interracialmarriage

As a child, I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

I used to watch The Little Mermaid every afternoon, and I would beg my Mom to watch it with me. She would bring down her sewing or some other busy work and try to get a few things done while we watched this movie for the umpteenth time. To this day, one of my most listened-to stations on Pandora is Disney music. The magic has just never worn off for me no matter how many times I listen to the songs.

Once we have kids, I cannot wait to share all my favorite Disney princess movies with my daughters. And that is why I am so Read more

The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring Cleaning Your Car: Tips and Tricks for Deep Cleaning your Vehicle #car #vehicle #clean #auto #ultrablog #blogger #springclean

“Is something wrong?”

My hubby asked as I hurried through the living room. I turned to look at him, my arms full of junk. In my abrupt halt a shoe fell off my pile, and landed with a thud on the carpet. I studied my husband : his brow was furrowed, he looked rather lost and perplexed. The reason for his discomfort was apparent–I was rushing in and out of the apartment at an alarming rate unloading what seemed like hundreds of pounds of stuff from our car. His normally dependable, un-flustered wife was exhibiting strange symptoms that included unloading junk, vacuuming, and washing the car extremely thoroughly on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Read more

Fresh Thyme Market: My First Trip, and Why I’ll Be Back

Fresh Thyme Market: My First Visit, and Why I'll Be Back #freshthymemarket #freshthyme #naturalfood #organicfood #aldi #blog #ultrablog #blogger

I cheated on my favorite grocery store this last weekend.

If you have been reading Dandelion Pie for awhile, you know how much I love to shop at Aldi, and why I make an effort to drive over an hour to get my Aldi fix at least once a month. We live in a small town where the biggest grocery store is Wal-Mart, and as I have edged closer to living a life centered around real foods, I have found my shopping list needs not being met at good there. Even worse, I have often been dismayed by the depleted, wilted veggies and prices higher than I would have expected. Therefore, a few months ago, I gave up on Wal-Mart and decided to make the effort to shop from stores that would satisfy my grocery needs.

I have never grown weary of Aldi, but when I heard about the new organic, budget-friendly store that had recently opened up only five minutes from Aldi’s I knew that I had to try Read more

The Day I Bought a Pregnancy Test

Ha! This is the funniest story! I didn't know Dollar General had one dollar pregnancy tests! The Day I Bought a Pregnancy Test #pregnancy #test #blogger #ultrablog #pregnancytip #pregnancystory

I woke up early one Saturday morning, sat in the morning light, and wondered if I was pregnant.

To clarify, I have convinced myself I am pregnant multiple times in our first nine months of marriage. Not that we are trying, but simply because I enjoy maintaining the thought that at any given time I might find out that I am having a baby (plus as formerly revealed here, I have baby fever).

On this particular morning I decided to stop wondering, get myself to Dollar General, and buy a test.

Dollar General is only two blocks away from our apartment. I had read that they had one dollar pregnancy tests which were surprisingly accurate. I grabbed my purse Read more

Why I Wrote Letters to my Future Husband

I love this sooo much!!! Why I wrote Love Letters to my Future Husband: Dandelion Pie. #futurehusband #marriage #blogger #ultrablog

I started writing letters to my future husband five years before I met him.

I don’t know what prompted me to start compiling a book of letters to him. Maybe, while at a sleepover, my best friend mentioned she was writing letters to her future husband. Perhaps I found the idea in one of my many relationship books or happened upon a blog post about it. For whatever reason I picked up a new notebook, wrote my phone number, and “Please do not read!” on the cover, and began writing letters.

I filled this notebook with letters for the next five years. I wrote my last entry two months before I met my hubby.

As a teen, I had visions of wrapping this journal, and giving it to Read more